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Yonkers Joe hustles, setting up schemes to cheat at cards and dice. He has a girlfriend, Janice, but does he care about her or just need a partner in his cons? He's working out a scam of casinos, gathering intelligence in Atlantic City. The fly in the ointment is his son, Joe Jr., a mentally-challenged young man about to turn 21, aging out of a group home, belligerent as the move to an adult home and his father's lack of contact upset him. Joe Jr.'s counselor insists that Joe take his son for awhile to calm him down and prepare him for the transfer. Can a mentally-challenged, unloved kid make his way with grifters? Can a father discover new emotions? What about scamming the casinos? Written by
Yonkers Joe is one of Best Movies I've seen in Years
I'm not kidding, I'm seriously speaking from the heart now. I went to a special screening of Yonkers Joe in Manhattan not to long ago. The lights went out, the movie began, I had a full tub of popcorn. My eyes wide open we're fixed on the screen as I placed popcorn in my mouth one kernel at a time. From the first frame to the last I was transfixed into the World of Yonkers Joe. Chazz Palminteri totally blew me away with his performance. The gambling scenes we're down right amazing, then Yonkers Joe's son came into the picture and it took the story to another level. Tom Guiry plays the son with Down Syndrome, Christine Lahti is Joe's girlfriend, Michael Lerner, Linus Roache, Michael Rispoli and Roma Maffia round off this stellar cast. I'm truly excited to see this film again when it's released in January. Kudos to all involved, a great film and a must see.
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